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Public transportation technologies are evolving rapidly and options for riders are growing too. Here we look at mass transit developments that could make your city's transportation network more efficient, convenient and cost-effective.
Multi-modal transportation may sound complex, but it simply means people traveling in the city can mix and match their rides to arrive at their destinations conveniently and quickly. It's an approach that's catching on in cities throughout the world.
If you want more people to use transit, the key is to make it more convenient. Making it convenient to pay for the ride should be an area of focus, especially in areas where commuters may have to use different forms of transit to get to their destination.
There are many reasons why cities are investing heavily in transportation improvements. But it's not simply a matter of meeting the demands of growing populations. Smart transportation networks contribute to economic growth and resilience, reduce environmental impacts, enhance the traveling public's safety and keep our cities connected and livable.
Shared transportation, which includes mass transit and other urban travel options, is responding to the changing needs and preferences of the people who use those services. And those needs and preferences need to be well understood and reflected in city transportation and comprehensive land use planning.
City populations are growing throughout the world. And as city leaders and planners know, more people mean more cars — and more traffic snarls. They're also finding out that one solution is rarely enough.
From traditional pedal-powered bikes to ebikes, cycling as a way to get around the city has enjoyed a tremendous resurgence in popularity in recent years. In addition to integrating well with other modes of transportation, cycling offers additional benefits for cities and the people who live and work in them.